Postal Reform Blog
USPS cronyism is unaffordable for shippers and customersRoss Marchand on January 03, 2018
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is as determined as ever to make customers pay more as they defend ludicrous schemes keeping the agency deep in debt. The cost of First-Class postage is slated to increase from 49 to 50 cents on January 21 as part of a desperate move by postal officials to stem the financial bleeding. As the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has previously documented, increases in postage rates promote risky behaviors with non-postal business ventures and shore up liabilities in a massively-underfunded pension system buoyed by unrealistic promises. But, the biggest and ugliest secret lies below the surface in the rampant postal cronyism that disproportionately benefits e-commerce giants such as Amazon. In April, a Citigroup analysis found that Amazon gets roughly$1.50 in shipping subsidies from every package delivered via the Postal Service.
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TPA Sends Letter to Senators Urging Restoration of Leadership to the USPS Board of GovernorsMichi Iljazi on May 24, 2017
The following letter was sent to Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) on May 24, 2017.
Dear Senator McCaskill and Senator Johnson,
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is one of our nation’s oldest and largest government entities. For decades, consumers have relied upon the stability and function of the USPS to aid them in their everyday lives. However, over the last several years this has changed and the USPS has deteriorated through its escalating financial losses, failing performance standards, and lack of leadership within the Board of Governors. As a national taxpayer advocate representing hundreds of thousands of taxpayers, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) write this letter to urge you to continue to help advance solutions, beginning with an urgent need to restore leadership to the Board of Governors to aid in the proper functioning of the U.S. Postal Service.
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Taxpayers Protection Alliance Releases Statement on U.S. Postal Service’s Mid-Year Financial ReportMichi Iljazi on May 10, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) expressed dismay about the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) continuing escalating debts. In today’s release, the USPS posted a loss of $562 million in its second quarter financial report for the 2017 fiscal year. This loss is a stark reminder about the agency’s inability to achieve fiscal stability. After posting losses during the December holiday delivery season, the USPS appears on track for its 11th consecutive fiscal year in the red. The USPS has failed to pay its retiree health benefits payments despite its legal obligation to do so. Even though they have failed to pay this obligation, they have included this unpaid figure as a part of its quarterly losses. After amassing these debts, and many others as a result of bad management practices, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has calculated that the Postal Service now carries more than $121 billion in unfunded liabilities on its books.
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Postal Reform Act Is Not A Conservative SolutionHolly Sadler, American Commitment on March 30, 2017
Last week, despite opposition from numerous free-market and conservative groups, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted to pass the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756) out of committee. This is a committee with eight conservative Freedom Caucus members on it, yet this is not a conservative bill. We’ve written before about why H.R. 756 is not a conservative solution and does not provide the necessary reforms to fix the USPS’s numerous problems. Our concerns remain the same. Before this legislation comes to a vote on the House floor, we would urge representatives - particularly Freedom Caucus Chairman Meadows and his fellow committee members - to think carefully. Postal reform sounds great – sure. But this bill does little to address the underlying causes of the postal service’s problems and, in many cases, will make matters worse.
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TPA Submits Comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission on the Statutory Review of Rate Regulationon March 20, 2017
Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance submitted the following comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) associated with the Commission’s statutory review of the system for regulating rates and classes for market dominant products ten years after the enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA).
Pursuant to Commission Order No. 3673, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) hereby submits the following comments associated with the Commission’s statutory review of the system for regulating rates and classes for market dominant products ten years after the enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). In light of the Commission’s charge to review the efficacy of the PAEA and the ability of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to meet identified objectives used to guide its operations, TPA seeks to emphasize numerous facets where the agency has continued to display greatly unsatisfactory performance. Based on the inability to meet the objectives described below, our organization compels the Commission to propose impactful and enduring systemic modifications.
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TPA Submits Comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission on the 2016 Annual Compliance ReportMichi Iljazi on February 13, 2017
Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance submitted the following comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in response to the 2016 Annual Compliance Report:
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) requests to submit the following reply comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission upon considering the materials submitted by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) (notably, the Annual Compliance Report for Fiscal Year 2016), and comments initially submitted by other organizations. Primarily, TPA seeks to reemphasize concerns highlighted in the comments submitted by the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom). Several of the issues raised about suitable business practices by PostCom and also in comments previously shared by TPA for the compliance review docket in 2015 and 2014, have been long-standing and the Commission should more closely scrutinize such matters and take action to resolve them.
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